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The success stories on Industrial Materials Recycling included below demonstrate Sustainable Materials Management in action. They cover a range of topics, specifically focusing on the use of recycled industrial materials in building and transportation projects in place of virgin materials.
Green Renovation Brings a Community Back to Life: The Lazarus Building (PDF) (2 pp, 758K)
This fact sheet describes a variety of sustainable enhancements incorporated into the Lazarus Building renovation, including energy and water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and the use of sustainable, recycled, and reused materials.
EPA Green Buildings
To further carry out its green building mission, beginning in FY 2006 EPA required all newly-initiated major building construction projects to achieve the LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold standard, as well as other sustainable features.
New England Regional Laboratory
An online brochure highlighting the green building features, including recycled materials, used in the design of EPAs New England Laboratory.
EPA Region 2 Green Team
Highlights environmental impacts of major development projects, documenting increased reuse and recycling of construction and other materials.
AGC of America – Recycling and Reusing C & D Materials
Case studies that describe how contractors reused and/or recycled construction & demolition materials from construction, renovation and demolition projects.
Roadways and other Infrastructures
Using Recycled Industrial Materials in Roadways (PDF) (4 pp, 1.1MB)
Brightwater Wastewater Treatment System: Built with the Environment in Mind (PDF) (2 pp, 789K)
Department of Defense Paving Materials Highlight Environmental Attributes
An Environmentally Preferable Purchasing case study successfully used recycled content products, such as asphalt and concrete.
AFS First Case Studies
The Foundry Industry Starts Recycling Today (FIRST) website provides several case studies on the beneficial uses for spent foundry sand. The initial case studies were developed for FIRST under a grant from US EPA Region 5.
- Foundry Sand as Structural Fill and Road Base A case study on the use of aluminum foundry sand for local construction projects.
National Slag Association (NSA) Roadway-Related Case Studies
The NSA website provides several cases studies on the beneficial use applications for slag under the Research/Library tab.
- Largest Stone Matrix Asphalt Project in USA Spans 6 Lanes for 8 Miles (PDF) (2 pp, 68K)
- Once Again Slag Proves Less is More on Michigans M-63 in Benton Harbor (PDF) (2 pp, 171K)
- I-70 through Colorados Glenwood Canyon (PDF) (2 pp, 85K)
This Green Highways Partnership factsheet includes a chart of industrial materials and associated recycling applications, an Industrial By-Products Matrix including information on various industrial by-products and associated applications, as well as Green Highway Partnership's 10 Guiding Principles. (2008)
Agricultural and Horticultural uses
AFS First Case Studies
The Foundry Industry Starts Recycling Today (FIRST) website provides several case studies on the beneficial use applications for spent foundry sand. The initial case studies were developed for FIRST under a grant from US EPA Region 5.
- A Resource Recovery Cooperative A case study of a foundry-owned cooperative in Michigan that processes sand from multiple foundries for use in soils, asphalt paving, and landfill liners.
National Slag Association (NSA) Agricultural-Related Case Studies
The NSA website provides one case study on the beneficial use applications for slag under the Research/Library tab.
- American Agriculture Gets Growth Spurt Using Electric Arc Furnace Slag as Liming Agent (PDF) (2 pp, 80K)